United Way 211, the Vanderburgh County Health Department (VCHD), and other community partners, including St. Vincent and Deaconess hospitals, have collaborated to form one continuously updated resource database for those seeking help with basic health and human services.
Robert K. Spear, MD, Health Officer with the Vanderburgh County Health Department said, “The Vanderburgh County Health Department Resource Guide has been a long standing effort to keep the community aware of all of the resources in the area. At the same time, the United Way 211 service links individuals in need of social services with the appropriate service providers in the community. It only made sense to combine these efforts, and in this digital world, make this combined resource available by calling 211 day or night and having access 24 hours a day via the internet.”
This collaborative effort is the first of its kind in Indiana. This work is the result of Evansville’s continued efforts to evaluate and streamline duplicative health services in the region. It benefits Southwest Indiana by decreasing duplicated services and expense, increasing health worker efficiency, and providing easy access for individuals to find the social and health services they need. The VCHD resource guide will no longer be printed.
United Way 211 can be accessed through links on the VCHD website, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana website, along with local health care websites, or can be accessed directly at www.referweb.net/uwsi. Those wishing to speak with a 211 Community Resource Specialist can call 24 hours a day by dialing 211, 812.421.2800 or 800.639.9271 or by texting their zip code to 898211. All services are free and confidential.
“The core mission of Indiana 211 is to connect Hoosiers in need to human services, and we accomplish this with the help of our partner organizations throughout the state. We commend the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and the Vanderburgh County Health Department for this collaborative effort that will better serve local residents.” Said Julie Johns-Cole, State Director of Indiana 211 Partnership, Inc.
Agencies interested in having their services added to the 211 database may contact Robin Whitledge or Shayla Osborne at the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, 812.421.2800.